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Even with 20 boxes of semi-rigid panels of hemp fibre insulation already stuffed behind the ceilings, there are still 16 boxes left which are always in the way.   The next time I build a house the garage will come first to store stuff.

Benoit moved down to put plastic angles on all the openings in the sous sol, after having done upstairs.

Temporary landings I had made had to be partly dismantled to thread electrical conduit under them.

I asked the plasterer to put plasterboard on the vertical walls in the mezzanine. Albert, M Maziere's other assistant, had taped all the plasterboard joints and filled the screw holes.

Downstairs the wall of the shower was done by the plasterer in briques.

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Door and shower enclosure partition ready for plastering. Door removed to avoid future incidents.

On Monday the 14th he arrived with his brand new machine - a sophisticated plaster mixer and pump.  Our house was to be the first one on which to try it out. It needed a 3 - phase electricity supply and so he had also bought a new  3 - phase generator.  If only he had asked me, he could have used our 3 - phase site supply which I had to put in (at vast expense) for the crane that Francis Guinot used.

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The new machine cuts the bag of plaster on the top hopper, automatically mixes it with the right amount of water, feeds it to a helical pump that pushes the mixture down a long hose that delivers high pressure plaster via a nozzle, greatly reducing the time taken to cover the wall.

But the down side of the machine is that it has to be dismantled and totally cleaned every hour to avoid clogging by the fast setting plaster.

Comment: Mr Maziere showed me a clever trick for holding a door and frame vertical, using V's of battens held together by rubber bands (sections of car tube). The door was closed to keep it square while it was built in. Mr Maziere found himself inside the room after bricking it in, and I could not find the key to open it to release him. The outside door was locked as well and the key could not be found. A way was eventually found to pick the lock.
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